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Technology Stocks : MSFT -- Should the DOJ Break it up?
MSFT 374.51-1.2%Dec 1 4:00 PM EST

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To: Kenneth E. De Paul who wrote (115)5/10/2000 12:10:00 PM
From: Crystal ball  Read Replies (1) of 144
If GATES and BALLMER have foresight, they will pull the rug out from under the anti-trust lawsuit by announcing a three way breakup of Microsoft. That would make the government's actions moot, and the case would be dismissed. It would also benefit all shareholders, since a three way breakup would be unregulated, unlike the government's two way breakup remedy plan. MSFT should announce a BUY BACK plan in tandem with announcing the plan to split the company three ways. The anti-trust laws contemplate either price, product line, or regional monopolies. Microsoft will probably choose a product line break up, but they also could just divide the company geographically, the Roman solution.
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-Crystal Ball
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